Kent Seaver has 20 years of experience in the field of student assessment, prior learning and academic success. At the community college level he has enjoyed success in working with the new to college student, home school students, transfer students, and returning student veterans. He is presently the Director of Academic Operations at the University of Texas at Dallas for the Jindal School of Management. In that role he has worked diligently to ensure that student success is a top priority in terms of completion, including but not limited to alumni and student mentoring, assessment impact, as well as core program needs. Kent has researched the impact mentoring has on the current landscape of higher education, as well as the work force placement impacts and advising successes related to their educational requirements. Kent has written articles dealing with student success and retention for the American Technical Education Association, AACRAO, NACADA and Military Advanced Education.